Rob and I frequently go to IHOP. One, it is cheap and close to both of our apartments and the base (if one of us happened to be coming from or going to work; he does this once in a while nowadays). Two, we both like breakfast food at random times. I vary with my breakfast foods, but Rob loves pancakes. He also goes through a pot of coffee each time we are there.
The waitresses and waiters who have been there any length of time know us both, especially Rob. Most also know some of our friends and our goofy antics. The antics vary from amusing discussions to splitting the check with a knife if the waitress forgets to ask before handing it to us.
Tonight, Rob cut out his food items from the check tonight. He was not the one who started this. One of our friends did one evening, much to the amusement of whoever was serving our table (probably the same waitress as tonight). He then paid for his food with quarters and pennies. This caught our waitress off guard. Rob has not done that before, apparently. The waitress took the money after a moment of looking at it in shock. It took her a little bit, but she eventually brought back his change… in dimes. We all had a good laugh over that.
We also told her stories of stuff we had to put up with at the base. Rob told of someone he worked with who likes to discuss aliens and government conspiracies. I mentioned one of my former troops and a couple of the complaints I got after he went to qualify on his rifle last year. This was after our waitress had mentioned that she worked with some knuckleheads. We were sympathizing with her.
It was a pleasant evening, all in all.